While there is typically an expectation that things in the delivery room will go well, there are a number of opportunities for things to go wrong. Parents and doctors in San Diego can do everything correctly and still have an infant born with a brain injury or other medical issue. Thanks to medical advances, there may be ways to better prevent and treat such conditions.
According to a pediatrician at Tulane University in New Orleans, only one-third of hospitals and birth centers in the United States have neonatal intensive care units. In those facilities that lack such units, medical personnel are responsible for either treating infants with an issue like a birth injury or referring families to another institution. A task force of physicians recently emphasized the need for pediatricians to be more active in diagnosing brain injuries in newborns.